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As part of its massive reinvention, Foursquare on Thursday launched a new application called Swarm, allowing users to find nearby friends, share their current location, and collaborate to make plans, while a revamp of the company's flagship software is still forthcoming.




The new Swarm app for iOS exists alongside the established Foursquare application, with each focusing on different features for users. Swarm represents the social connectivity component, allowing users to see where their friends are currently, and what they might be up to later.

While location is the focus of Swarm, a forthcoming revamp of the Foursquare application will make it closer to Yelp, allowing users to discover nearby locations and businesses that may be of interest. The new Foursquare app is scheduled to launch this summer.

That means all of the social aspects previously found in Foursquare will now move to Swarm, which will allow users to check in to locations and see others' statuses. As part of this transition, Foursquare contacts are ported to the new Swarm app.

Swarm goes beyond the functionality previously offered by Foursquare, though. The main screen provides users with a list of how close by their friends are, sorted by distance starting with people who are as close as 500 feet away.




Another new feature is Neighborhood Sharing, which provides a regular update of what neighborhood a person is currently located in. Specific locations aren't shared unless a user actively checks in.

Swarm also allows users to make future plans known to friends, allowing people to collaborate and find things to do together.

Version 1.0 of Swarm is a free 17.3-megabyte download available in Apple's iOS App Store. It requires iOS 7.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
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Oh, well. I'm sorry to say but I wish Apple had been first with this. There's just so much potential in their native apps such as Find Friends. If they can make it more social it might be more interesting. Even Jobs' demo was all about the social ad hoc events. I'm puzzled about the (apparent) lack of attention they're giving to them.
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Edited by ddawson100 - 5/15/14 at 9:16am
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When using that cell phone in your hand to just call and say meet me at%u2026 just won't do anymore.
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When using that cell phone in your hand to just call and say meet me at%u2026 just won't do anymore.


If I want to meet more than 1 person, it is way more cumbersome to dial both, and coordinate their times, and agree upon locations.
 This seems like it will make the process far easier and friendlier.

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Oh, well. I'm sorry to say but I wish Apple had been first with this. There's just so much potential in their native apps such as Find Friends. If they can make it more social it might be more interesting. Even Jobs' demo was all about the social ad hoc events. I'm puzzled about the (apparent) lack of attention they're giving to them.


Agreed. Maybe they should take that $3.2Bn and buy Foursquare, instead of junk like Beats.

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It's funny how everyone calls Beats worthless at the same time the company is stacking billions into the sky.
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It's funny how everyone calls Beats worthless at the same time the company is stacking billions into the sky.

 

Are you unaware that there are types of worth outside monetary?

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Even if [the 5.5” iPhone] exists, it doesn’t deserve to.
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Originally posted by Marvin

Even if [the 5.5” iPhone] exists, it doesn’t deserve to.
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